The Ivy Hotel
What We Love
- California king beds in every room
- The hotel’s sumptuous cosmopolitan bistro, Magdalena—one of Baltimore’s best
- Its prestigious Mount Vernon location
- Every room is furnished with a collection of classic novels, best enjoyed by the fireplace
What To Know
- The hotel car is readily available to take guests anywhere across the city, free of charge
- Bringing your pet along? The property thoughtfully provides crates, beds, and even walking services
- Breakfast and high tea is included in the rate
- Guests are treated to a historical property tour upon arrival
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It took a five-year renovation to transform this former banker’s residence, a Gilded Age mansion in Baltimore’s most prized locale, into a breathtaking establishment. With an enviable collection of vintage books, a 19th-century pool table, and stained-glass windows, there are scores of antiques to sift through during your stay—though we wouldn’t fault you for hunkering down in your stately digs, with views of Mount Vernon’s signature slate roofs, and snuggling up by the petite fireplace instead. When you’re ready to venture out, you’ll have your pick of revered neighborhood hot spots like the symphony hall or the Maryland Historical Society (home to the original copy of “The Star-Spangled Banner”). For a trip to the Inner Harbor, a 15-minute ride away, summon the hotel’s private car service.
No two rooms are alike at this esoteric property, though all come with canopy beds and cashmere blankets. The hotel’s very inclusive amenity policy means in-room perks, like the generously stocked minibar filled with local brews and sweet treats by Californian confectioner TCHO, are included as part of your stay.
Sample global bistro fare (Korean-style wagyu flank steak; shaved truffle risotto topped with a poached and fried egg) in one of five dining spaces at the hotel’s fine-dining spot, Magdalena. Whether you’re feasting in the Garden Room surrounded by potted plants and courtyard views or the spacious Wine Cellar, your surroundings will be as cultured as the cuisine.
Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood makes the perfect backdrop for this old-school stunner. Just north of downtown, Mount Vernon, the city’s cultural nucleus, is a classy succession of cobblestoned streets and a slew of museums and galleries.
How to Get There
The Ivy Hotel bears north of Mount Vernon, a quiet residential neighbourhood that is banked with historic row houses. The hotel is on the fringe of Baltimores main attractions, but the Ivy counters with a complimentary car service to and from any destination within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.
The Ivy's exterior portrays a well preserved 19th century historic mansion. Built out of a series of historic buildings and completed by a handsome new extension, the hotel faces in, rather than out, creating a spacious interior courtyard and gardens. Its red brick facade is invitingly gorgeous and the greenscape surrounds and gardens add charming public places that provide mini private paradises for guests.
Entering the Ivy I was treated to a boutique hotel inside a 'Gilded Age' mansion chucked full of historic details fused with modern amenities. The ground floor lobby area was segmented into 5 communal areas, all elegant, inviting and with their personality and function and includes:
THE CONSERVATORY: providing limitless glasses of champagne and a central fireplace to cozy up too,
THE TEA ROOM: with mural covered walls and daily high tea service,
THE LIBRARY: with leather covered walls storing an extensive collection of borrowable books,
THE GAME ROOM: sporting a bollard table, several card tables and crowned with an 18K gold covered ceiling,
THE MANSION BAR: a fully stocked, self service bar where quests pour their own classic cocktails.
Top this up with the Natural Bisse spa for personalized wellness treatment packages and you have an array of facilities designed to make the hotel guest feel better and feel at home.
At the Ivy the # of rooms is small (19) but the size of the rooms is large. Guest quarters are uniquely designed, with plenty of window views and varying deco's, colour schemes and layouts. My room looked like it belonged on the cover of the Architectural Digest. It had a fireplace, canopy bed, gold tables, velvet chairs and couch and complimentary technology appliances that included 2 free movies per day. The bath was fantastic, with a huge soaker tub that was big enough to sleep in.........very nice digs.
And when I got hungry, I went to the onsite Magdelena restaurant.The menu is internationally influenced, seasonal dishes using local ingredients. I tried a local favourite: Fried Oysters, skipped the main and went right to desert with rhubarb and custard with wild ginger ice-cream. You can't go wrong with seafood in Maryland and ice-cream is good anytime.
Service was unerring, prompt and professional. Staff were only too happy to explain the cuisine ingredients in the meal I was about to eat and outline the cooking technology used in its preparation. I thought this was great ...I like to know what I am eating.
So, if you want a hotel stay that provides a great calm, soothing, down home environment, lets you live the good life in comfort and high style................then try.......
......The Ivy Hotel.............A Garden Of Eden.
The Ivy Hotel anticipates every need. I never had to ask for anything or remind anyone to do anything for me. My wife and I enjoyed everything available to us and the room we stayed in was amazing. Highly recommend this to everyone!
With family and friends in Baltimore my wife and I return several times each year and typically stay in the suburbs. This time we decided to stay close to the Washington Monument area and opted to try The Ivy Hotel. The only words to capture our stay are: Beyond Spectacular (especially for Baltimore). From the moment we drove up to the front door and greeted by name by the valet, to meeting the welcoming staff, to being introduced to the concierge staff- who rival their European peers- the entire stay was truly memorable. Yes, the hotel is unique and charming; but, it's the staff that makes it exceptional. Did I mention how fabulous the concierge staff is?? Well, we just can't say it enough. Our room was relatively modest, the bed linens (Frette sheets), pillows, and plush towels were very comfortable and the bathroom was not only large but- and we find this very unusual- extremely well lit. The room bar was fully stocked and we were even offered a bottle of Pinot Noir in the room, a great touch for an avid Pinot Noir drinker! Our next trip to Baltimore is tentatively set for mid-January and there's no question where we'll be staying! Great, great staff.